Daily Observer (Jamaica)

Al­lan Rickards was a tower of strength

- Business · Agriculture · Industries · Jamaica · Pottinger

Dear Editor,

I am deeply sad­dened at the pass­ing of Al­lan Rickards, who was a stal­wart in the Agri­cul­tural Com­mod­ity As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing sugar cane, cit­rus, ba­nana, and live­stock.

He was also deeply in­volved in the Ja­maica Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (JAS) and was in­flu­en­tial in my be­com­ing pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion for the pe­riod that I served.

He played a sig­nif­i­cant role in strength­en­ing the group to be recog­nised, and for­mu­lated plans for the de­vel­op­ment of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

He was a tower of strength at the JAS, al­ways as­sist­ing the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to be the cham­pion for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment as well as for us to re­main as a lead­ing sec­tor in pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment for ru­ral peo­ple as well as the num­ber one earner of for­eign ex­change through the var­i­ous com­mod­ity as­so­ci­a­tions.

Rickards’ role as pres­i­dent of the All-is­land Ja­maica Cane Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture on a whole, was sig­nif­i­cant. His voice on his ra­dio pro­gramme touched many farm­ers through­out Ja­maica and pro­vided valu­able in­for­ma­tion for them. We salute him as a stal­wart in this agri­cul­tural sec­tor. May his soul rest in peace!

I ex­tend my con­do­lence to his widow, chil­dren, and the rest of his fam­ily.

A A “Bobby” Pot­tinger

Past pres­i­dent

Ja­maica Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety St Mary pot­tinger­bobby@ya­hoo.com

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